Kids are life’s most wonderful blessings but you have to admit, they’re no angels constantly. It’s very natural for toddlers to test your patience often because they are still developing their behavior and discovering what’s right from wrong (along with the endless reservoir of energy).
Level with your child
In situations such as this, you have to stop thinking like a grown-up! More often than not, especially with young children, their troublesome behavior is not deliberate. It mainly stems from either frustration or innocence. That’s why when they are acting”bad”, treat it as a teaching moment – say what you need to say, ask questions, then move on. Have the extra patience understanding that if they can’t communicate what they want properly, they’ll act out. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand in their level.
No one wants to be told what to do daily, even kids. Being told”no” to almost everything will naturally frustrate them. If they ask for something and you won’t allow it, give them another choice. For instance, if your little one asks for a lollipop right before bedtime, you can politely explain why she can’t have one then offer a glass of milk instead. In this way, she doesn’t feel like she can not do anything or have anything in any way.
Observe your behavior
Children watch you and pick up in your activities more than you know. If you whine a whole lot, complain when there’s nothing good on television, increase your voice when you are upset or don’t finish everything on your plate during meals? Don’t expect your little one to have perfect behavior when you are showing some bad habits. Always be cautious of what you say or do around your kid because you are their role model!
One of the best parenting advice you can get – do not sweat the small stuff. If they spill paint on the ground, played with your lipstick or made some other error, it is really not worth your time and energy if you get angry and scold your child. Correct the mistake and leave it at that. Simply put, let kids be kids!
Kids won’t have maximized their youth if they did not get on their parents’ nerves! Just follow these effective methods to remaining patient with toddlers!